Review SLR camera Pentax K-1 II: a powerful alternative to Canon and Nikon
Pentax K-1, which was released in 2016, has become one of the most anticipated camera in digital photography history – not devoid of certain shortcomings, but with a very bright advantages. The second version, which comes out two years later, would, at first glance, to solve the problems inherent in the first, but it turned out not quite so. It’s more about strengthening those moments that was at the height, and the ability in terms of video, burst speed and autofocus in Live View remained intact.
But even superior proprietary system Pixel Shift Resolution, where mode added shooting, improved moisture-proof housing, a new computational element, which Ricoh calls the “pre-processor” (he increased sootnoshenie signal-to-noise when shooting, and expanded the range of available ISO), re-interpreted work AF tracking (at constant module autofocus).
|Pentax K-1 II||Pentax K-1||Canon EOS 5D Mark IV||Nikon D850|
|Image sensor||36 × 24 mm (full frame)||36 × 24 mm (full frame)||36 × 24 mm (full frame)||36 × 24 mm (full frame)|
|Effective sensor resolution||36.4 megapixel; Pixel Shift Resolution II (shooting mode)||36.4 megapixel; Pixel Shift Resolution||30.4 megapixel||45.7 megapixels|
|Image stabilizer||5-axis (Shake Reduction II)||5-axis (Shake Reduction II)||No||No|
|Mount||Pentax KAF2||Pentax KAF2||Canon EF||Nikon F|
|Photo format||JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW (PEF/DNG)||JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW (PEF/DNG)||JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW, RAW Dual Pixel||JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.31), RAW (NEF)|
|Video format||MPEG-4 AVC/H. 264 (MOV)||MPEG-4 AVC/H. 264 (MOV)||MOV, MP4||MOV, MP4|
|Frame size||Up to 7360 × 4912 pixels||Up to 7360 × 4912 pixels||To 6720 × 4480 pixels||To 8256 x 5504|
|Video resolution||Up to 1920 × 1080, 30p/60i||Up to 1920 × 1080, 30p/60i||Up to 4096 × 2160 pixels, 30p||Up to 3840 × 2160, 30p|
|Sensitivity||ISO 100-819200||ISO 100-204800||100-32000 ISO expandable to ISO 50, 51200 and 102400||64-25600 ISO expandable to 32, 51200 and 102400|
|Shutter||Mechanical shutter: 1/8000 – 30 s;
long (Bulb); electronic shutter
|Mechanical shutter: 1/8000 – 30 s;
|Mechanical shutter: 1/8000 – 30 s;
|Mechanical shutter: 1/8000 – 30 s;
|The burst speed||To 4.4 frames per second in full frame mode; up to 6.5 fps at mode APS-C||To 4.4 frames per second in full frame mode; up to 6.5 fps at mode APS-C||Up to 7 frames per second in normal mode, up to 4.3 frames per second in Live View mode with servo focus||Up to 9 frames per second with battery EN-EL18b installed in the battery pack MB-D18; standartnoi picking – up to 7 frames per second|
|Autofocus||Phase (SAFOX 12), 33 points, including 25 cross-type; contrast focusing in Live View||Phase (SAFOX 12), 33 points, including 25 cross-type; contrast focusing in Live View||Phase, 61 point, of which 41 are cross type Dual Pixel CMOS AF focusing in Live View||Phase (Multi-CAM 20K), 153 points, of which more than 99 is cross-type; contrast focusing in Live View|
|Metering modes||TTL-the sensor 86 000 points: multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot||The measurement matrix, 1200 zones: matrix, center-weighted, spot||TTL-metering in 252 dots: evaluative, partial, center-weighted, spot||TTL-sensor, 180 000 points: matrix, center-weighted, spot|
|Compensation||±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV||±5 EV in increments of 1, 1/3 or 1/2 EV||±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 steps||±5 EV in increments of 1, 1/3 or 1/2 EV|
|Built-in flash||No, X-sync
|No, X-sync 1/200 s||No, X-sync
|Self-timer||2, 12||2, 12||2, 10||
2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5; 1; 2 or 3
|Memory card||Two slots, compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC type UHS I||Two slots, compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC type UHS I||Slot for CF type I (UDMA 7 compatible) + slot for SD/SDHC/SDXC type UHS I||The XQD slot + slot for SD/SDHC/SDXC type UHS-II|
|Display||Swivel LCD 3.2 inches, resolution 1 070 thousand points, additional monochrome display||Swivel LCD 3.2 inches, resolution 1 070 thousand points, additional monochrome display||LCD, 3.2 inches, 1620 thousand points touch coating; additional monochrome display||Touch inclined, LCD, 3.2 inches, a resolution of 2359 thousand points; additional monochrome display|
|Viewfinder||Direct mirror viewfinder with pentaprism, the image area 100 %||Direct mirror viewfinder with pentaprism, the image area 100 %||Direct mirror viewfinder with pentaprism, the image area 100 %||Direct mirror viewfinder with pentaprism, the image area 100 %|
|Interfaces||microUSB (USB 2.0), mini-HDMI, 3.5 mm headphone Jack, 3.5 mm microphone connector, connector for power supply from the network adapter, connector synchronizer connector for connecting the trigger cable||microUSB (USB 2.0), mini-HDMI, 3.5 mm headphone Jack, 3.5 mm microphone connector, connector for power supply from the network adapter, connector synchronizer connector for connecting the trigger cable||HDMI, USB 3.0, 3.5 mm for external microphone, 3.5 mm earphone Jack, a port for remote control||USB 3.0, 3.5 mm headphone Jack, 3.5 mm microphone connector, HDMI type-C connectors for remote control and synchronizer|
|Wireless modules||Wi-Fi, GPS||Wi-Fi, GPS||Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS||Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth (SnapBridge)|
|Food||Li-ion battery D-LI90 capacity 14 WH (1860 mAh, 7.2 V)||Li-ion battery D-LI90 capacity 14 WH (1860 mAh, 7.2 V)||Li-ion battery LP-E6N capacity 14 WH (1865 mAh, 7.2 V)||Li-ion battery EN-EL15a, 14 WH (1900 mAh, 7)|
|Dimensions||136,5 × 110 × 85.5 mm||136,5 × 110 × 85.5 mm||150,7 × 116,4 × 75,9 mm||146 x 124 x 79 mm|
|Weight||1010 grams (incl. the battery and memory card)||1010 grams (incl. the battery and memory card)||890 grams (incl. the battery and memory card)||1015 grams (with battery and memory card)|
|Current price||139 990 rubles for the version without lens (body)||129 990 rubles for the version without lens (body)||190 000 rubles for the version without lens (body)||230 000 rubles for the version without lens (body)|
Pentax K-II 1 – visually solid camera with retropalatal, which becomes especially apparent when using lenses of series Limited. When compared with the obvious competitors – the Canon and Nikon DSLRs – it is literally Packed with controls.
However, any serious focus on design, the creators of the Pentax K-1/K-1 II (both versions are absolutely no different apparently) did – everything here is subordinated to purely utilitarian considerations. It underlines and color scheme – the camera is available exclusively in black, no two tone and bright variants, which itself Pentax likes so much, is not provided.
The camera is heavy, even without a lens it weighs more than a kilogram. Her weight is well felt even with the most light and tiny lens (in our case, Lim 43mm). Now imagine it in classic working order — with extra battery grip and lens, for example, a 15-30mm (which itself weighs more than 1 kg). For completeness, you can add an external flash. In General, we get a very weighty unit, after which the hands will long remember the pleasant (or not – depends on, among other things, and from that, how was the shooting) severity. How critical is it to you to decide; for me, though I am far from an athlete, the weight will never be a counter, if on the opposite side of the scale is quality, convenience and reliability.
With reliability, by the way, the situation is very good: case and Pentax K-1 II dust – and splash-proof, and the degree of protection is improved in comparison with what it was the previous version of the camera. To worry about the safety of the camera when shooting in rain or snow is not worth it. Unless , of course,not to get wet under the shower for hours — it’s still not a device for underwater shooting.
If we compare K-1 II SLR competitors, and the dimensions and weight it is comparable with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Nikon D850 – with small distortions in some places (Canon easy, but significantly wider, slightly heavier than the Nikon, but not anymore).
Ergonomics and control
I will not hide – I love analog controls: they seem to me more aesthetically and tactilely pleasing than a key or a touchscreen display. So the ergonomics of the Pentax K-1 II, which she has inherited from the previous model, referred to its advantages. While to get used to it, it takes time — especially those who previously enjoyed exclusively by the cameras of other manufacturers.
The first time, perhaps, you will be confused which of the three wheels needs to spin to change is needed now setting, or, say, forget that key change the focus mode is in the center of the lens. But if you look, everything looks logical and thoughtful. Moreover, you can adjust the camera by itself, by assigning buttons to the features you need. Settings and options is really a lot!
The quick menu is organized conveniently and logically in a matrix, where there are lots of settings and functions to change that by turning one of the dials without pressing additional keys. And you can see a list of more – Pentax has always been famous for very careful, even meticulous approach to organization of management, and K-II 1 – the pinnacle of this approach.
But there are moments that never ceased to irritate, even to the end of the test, for example, a tight right upper wheel, which causes some tactile discomfort, for example, when changing ISO.
Pentax K-1 II: interface
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Rotary screen made by the original technology – a great and very comfortable design. It provides a very wide angle when shooting using Live View. But in fairness it should be noted that Pentax didn’t consider the interests of the fans to do self – screen is not rotated 180 degrees in the frontal plane. However, to do a selfie on a pound more than the camera — that still entertainment. Also the screen is devoid of touch controls – set focus points with one touch here , alas,is impossible. But there’s a handy auto-rotate menu, when the camera orientation changes from landscape to portrait and Vice versa.
Pentax K-1 II lacks a built in flash. Can’t call it a problem, since devices of this level, it may perhaps perform the role of activator of the external light.
One of the interesting and really useful camera options note the availability of special light bulbs, which illuminate the lens mount and memory card slots (configurable in the menu), which is very convenient when working with the camera in the dark.
The classic viewfinder: large, bright, with a comfortable Eyecup, one hundred percent frame coverage and a translucent LCD screen, which displays technical information. When you activate the crop frame appears, forming a border frame.
It should be noted that the impression of familiarity with the camera like the objective we tried to be – one way or another depends on a set of optics, which managed to test it. In this case, the space for the experiments was more than impressive, as Pentax K-II 1 I got from kit with seven lenses: HD D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6, FA D HD 15-30mm f/2.8, SMC Pentax D FA Macro 100mm f/2.8, Pentax HD D-FA*50mm f/1.4, SMC FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited, SMC Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited HD DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited.
Working with Limited series lenses, originally designed for crop cameras (in this case HD DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited), is not a problem. Except that you have to learn to focus on the crop box, which automatically appears in the viewfinder, and to construct a composition based on it.
The opportunity to try the original fixes Pentax with atypical focal lengths are very attracted to, but I tried to pay a lot of attention and complete Zuma, because, like it or not, it is in favor of it (at least at first) will make their choice of many photographers. With this lens I made a few walks, did portraits on location and in the Studio, as well as a bit of training still life of the plan.
To the delight of the future owners “of the whale” version of the Pentax K-1 II can say that even with a complete lens of the camera reveals its potential. The sharpness and detail of the images is worthy of all praise. Color rendition and dynamic range also do not cause issues. Of course, the camera of this level is designed for serious work, and to fully appreciate its capabilities, it is necessary to shoot in RAW format with post-processing. But even if K-1 II will fall into the hands of the photographer who took it “in mind”, the first experience did not disappoint: photos are sharp, juicy, with correct colors and elaborate details in the highlights and shadows. In the examples below.
Of course, like almost all modern cameras Pentax K-1 II is equipped with Wi-Fi module that allows you to instantly transfer images to your smartphone and share their work in real time.
Autofocus and continuous shooting
Pentax K-1 II – a camera that may be of interest to photographers working in different genres, such as landscape and portrait, and even reporters. For the latter, the speed and accuracy of autofocus will be especially critical. Immediately drew attention to the fact that the camera is not equipped with a special face recognition system or eyes that have become a given for modern cameras. How hard is it manifested in practice?
Protestirovat K-1 II with a complete lens (the most open aperture in the telephoto – ƒ/5,6) I can say that in good lighting conditions when shooting portrait the camera behaves well in most cases, sharpness is where you want it.
High-aperture fixes, of course, doing the pleasure of working with the camera more. Open aperture combined with a full matrix provide an excellent, three-dimensional image. It is worth remembering, however, on two points: in this scenario, the focusing accuracy becomes very critical. The reverse side of the highest quality, which is capable of producing camera – that any mistake is very noticeable.
When shooting portraits my usual focus on the Central point with the subsequent restructuring of the frame to work with K-1 II gave way to the permanent select the focus point coinciding with the position of the eyes of the model – otherwise, the percentage of failures is not happy. This point should carefully monitor those who will go to the new “Pentax” with any old camera models – especially the APS-C format with a high resolution sensor. I also note that, as is usually the case, the side dots are inferior in speed and clarity of the Central – in this case, the maximum tenacity will provide three Central sensor.
A considerable challenge with AF arises when taking a multidimensional scenes or objects in motion – a focus is often not where conceived: in the picture below, for example, the focus could not “catch” for the cat, appearing from time to time in the foreground. Had to switch to manual focus.
The same problem is visible when shooting a subject moving in the camera when the camera is needed to track not only linear movement but also a change in the position of the object in depth. Of focus is correct, but on other object falls out of the DOF area, and the camera takes a while to “catch” it again. A similar shooting in difficult light conditions (against the sun) completely confused by the module avtobusa — percent high-quality images has decreased dramatically.
The length of the series when shooting in the format “RAW + JPEG” is quite small for a camera of this class – about 11 to 16 frames depending on the shooting conditions. After that, the camera “hangs” for recording images for about a minute. The survey was conducted on a SanDisk Extreme Pro microSDXC UHS-II.
The maximum burst speed, recall, 4.4 frames per second when using the full surface of the sensor or 6.5 fps in APS-C. Here, nothing has changed since the first K-1. From this we can conclude that for reporters filming, such as sports or other activities and places high demands as to witness the focus and speed of shooting, Pentax K-1 II, alas, is not the best choice.